FREE SPEECH IS JUST THAT “FREE SPEECH” NO MATTER WHAT- ALL VOICES GET TO BE HEARD WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, ESPECIALLY TO THE WHINY CRY BABY “YOU HURT MY FEELINGS” COLLEGE CROWD

The great thing about being in the USA  or Democracy is a little something guaranteed by the 1st amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

That means criticizing our elected officials, religion, saying anything no matter what regardless if it hurts your little feelings or you 100% disagree with it. There is no grey area. It is black and white period. It is how we hear other’s point of views, no matter if one likes it, hate it or disagrees with it. Many countries don’t guarantee this and one can be put to death for speaking one’s mind. North Korea, Russia, China, the majority of Muslim countries. Try speaking your mind in any of those places.

That is what is so baffling with the whinny bunch of today’s college students who oppose people like Ann Coulter speaking at their school or certain comedians performing on their campus or having someone like Linda Sarsour speak at CUNY during commencement. And then there is this whole bullshit of “safe spaces” on campus. GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK you whinny ass brats, the biggest who happen to be liberals and all the more baffling, safe space. Sorry, but the REAL world does not provide a “safe space” for you will you can hug your teddy bear wrapped in your blanket with a thumb in your mouth, when your boss tells you, “You did a shit job, do it over”.

As a college graduate in a far off time, when there were no bullshit “safe spaces” on campus, where every other person did not get their panties in a bunch for talking shit about God or Muhammad or “my feelings are hurt” crap, college was a place for new and foreign ideas, to hear other’s viewpoint and even maybe learn something from the opposite. To become a “well rounded renaissance” individual, not to live in one’s own bubble, be it a conservative bubble, a liberal bubble, a Republican bubble, etc or a mindless drone with no thought of your own. How do we ever learn, if we stay contained in our own bubble, how do we see from another point of view , how do we grow, how do we rise up and fight when the time comes.

24/7 news, the advent of the internet, programs passing as news programs when they are just mouthpieces for a certain group, have all contributed to this attack on freedom of speech by being in the bubble. And it does not help that an entire generation of folks who were told that they are all “special” or they all get trophies for just showing up or are entitled to fucking everything with do little at all instilled by parents not knowing better have added to this mix.

So fucking grow up, keep your ears open to all points of view whether you like it or not, agree with it or not and STOP being whiny little cry baby bitches, because you know what, the powers that be and the government like this, because those are the people they can easily control and no one knows that better than the biggest whinny bitch of all, our President  or our Mayor.

So get out of your bubbles, your “safe spaces” and actually listen for a change because you know what,  and you will figure this out as you get much older, IT IS ALL BULLSHIT ANYWAY.

Or better yet, spend a year in North Korea or some Muslim country with Sharia Law and talk about how your feelings are hurt and how you want a “safe space”.

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From The Daily News:

Sorry, no safe spaces on campus: CUNY speaker Linda Sarsour must be heard

She has the right to be wrong.

(Susan Watts/New York Daily News)

Those who purport to be guardians of academic freedom rightly decry the chilling winds that blow on college campuses — and urge students who clamor for “safe spaces” free of upsetting ideas to grow a spine.

Mature people understand: Bombthrower Ann Coulter should be permitted to speak, particularly at a public university. So, for good measure, should alt-right troublemaker Milo Yiannopoulos and white supremacist Richard Spencer.

But without a flicker of self-awareness, some of the very same voices urging students to grow up now aim to silence Linda Sarsour, tapped by the City University’s School of Public Health to be its June commencement speaker.

They are joined by local Jewish leaders, among them Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who are urging Gov. Cuomo to intervene.

Cuomo should stay far from this fray. Sarsour would not have been our choice for this high honor, but her right to deliver the address ought not be in question.

A commencement speech, given as students receive their degrees, holds a privileged position. All graduating students attend, which gives the speech a higher burden to be unifying.

Sarsour is not unifying. She supports the effectively anti-Semitic movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel — singling out for opprobrium and punishment the world’s only Jewish nation.

 She once tweeted a photo of a young boy with rocks in each hand facing a dozen or so Israeli police with the words “the definition of courage.”

“Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote another time. She has argued against bans on Sharia law, calling it “misunderstood” and unfairly “pushed as some evil Muslim agenda.”

Sarsour rebuts accusations of anti-Semitism. She raised thousands of dollars to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery, proclaiming the donations an act of generosity by Muslims “in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers.”

In recent months, she has gained notoriety not for her anti-Israel statements but for her role in organizing the Women’s March on Washington.

Our sympathies are with those who will protest Sarsour. But as CUNY Chancellor James Milliken rightly affirmed in a statement Wednesday, purging a speaker based on a narrow ideological test leads down a dangerous road. Free speech, especially at a public institution of higher learning, is a far higher value. Let Linda Sarsour speak.

 

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CAVEAT EMPTOR: SO WILL THIS BE THE FUTURE OF JAMAICA’S “THE CROSSING”……………………………………….

When someone tells you “the check is in the mail” or “I promise I won’t cum in your mouth” or Leroy Comrie says “I will take care of it immediately”…………………………….BUYER BEWARE.

So when the City tells you Jamaica’s new development “The Crossing” will be 100% affordable or that it will benefit the community or bring in jobs, etc, etc………………………………BUYER BEWARE. We have all heard this bullshit before and that it promised to be “good for the community and the people”, somehow it turns out to be not quite true or the complete opposite.

When Gregory Meeks, the congressman behind the Million dollar plus “The Shops At Station Plaza” across from the LIRR, said several years ago (2012), it will be all upscale retail and benefit the community, yada, yada, yada, well, we all know what happened. READ: http://www.qchron.com/editions/eastern/shops-at-station-plaza-still-vacant/article_8bef8e85-1810-5173-81c4-fcb072974823.html. Fast forward to TODAY, 2017, , the place sits empty with the exception a bus shuttle depot to take folks to the Casino (which this went against the stipulation of the original contract, which was to be RETAIL ONLY). So what happened to all the retail………………………………….Actually WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED, PERIOD. And speaking of the casino, another case in point: The Resorts World Casino, did it really help the community, etc.

Some very interesting reading below concerning The Atlantic Yards and affordable housing thanks to the blog Impunity City.

“Where’s the shops”

I thought the “Shops at the Plaza” were to be high end retail, not some damn bus terminal. The funded money was to be used for that purpose only.

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From Atlantic Yards Report:

 

At 550 Vanderbilt, big chunk of apartments pitched to Chinese buyers as “international units”

One key to sales at the 550 Vanderbilt condo is the connection to China, thanks to Shanghai-based developer Greenland Holdings.

It’s the parent of Greenland USA, which as part of Greenland Forest City Partners owns 70% of Pacific Park (except 461 Dean and the arena).

And sales in China may help explain how the developer was able to claim early momentum.
“Since 550 Vanderbilt launched pre-sales in June [2015], more than 80 residences have gone into contract, representing over 30% of the building’s 278 total residences,” the developer said in a 9/25/15 press release announcing the opening of a sales gallery in Brooklyn. “The strong response from the marketplace indicates the high level of demand for well-designed new luxury homes in Brooklyn…”

Maybe. Or maybe it just meant a decent initial pipeline to Chinese buyers.

As lawyer Jay Neveloff, who represents Forest City, told the Real Deal in 2015, a project involving a Chinese firm “creates a huge market for potential sales” and that Chinese buyers “accept a lower rate of return for being in the New York market, which gives them an advantage.”

After all, as we just learned, two of the first five announced buyers at the building are from Shanghai and nearly half the confirmed sales needed for the condo plan to become effective came in the third quarter of 2015. (That was 21 sales.)

550 and the “International Units”

Also, as I can report exclusively, a significant portion (all?) of the pre-sales were focused on Chinese buyers, given the marketing materials cited here: a 6/3/15 presentation (bottom) in English and Chinese, explaining the nuts and bolts of purchasing, including the 421-a tax abatement.
Some 38% of the apartments were designated as “international units,” aimed at buyers from China. (In a Los Angeles project, Greenland was reportedly aiming at 30% Chinese buyers.)

Today, many of those apartments designated as “international units” are listed as sold, but the identity of the buyers is not yet clear. Nor are international buyers limited to those apartments. Indeed, the first two buyers from Shanghai bought apartments not designated as “international units.”

And what makes an “international unit”?

Unclear. They don’t boast different pricing; nor are particular perks or fixtures promised. That said, none of those units were on the north side of the building–maybe a feng shui issue or, simply, shielded from future construction noise.

(The document was sent to me by an outside source and contains information consistent with the 550 Vanderbilt offering plan. I asked a developer’s rep in 2015 about “international units” but didn’t get a response.)

The document, in Chinese, warned that prices would rise after the first 61 went on sale and, indeed, they did. The New York Post reported in September 2015 that prices for a studio–previously $540,000–started at $625,000.

Then again, pricing in real estate can be flexible. Let’s see what incentives there might be to move unsold units, given that sales have since slowed.

Housing for Brooklyn?

It’s a free market, so people from anywhere can buy condos, right?

Sure, but it’s worth remembering that Atlantic Yards was once supposed to “create over 6,800 new units of badly needed mixed-income housing for Brooklyn,” thus “helping solve Brooklyn’s housing crisis,” as developer Forest City Ratner professed in an October 2006 flier. (The plan later became 6,430 apartments.)

The project, renamed Pacific Park, was said–at a marketing event for 550 Vanderbilt–to be “the new heart and soul of Brooklyn.”

Like other condo buildings, 550 Vanderbilt also can be a place for the world’s wealthy to stash their cash. One new twist: it’s now much tougher for buyers from China to get their cash out of the country, so more creative financing is necessary, the Real Deal reported. Stay tuned.

The Real Math of An Affordable Housing Lottery: Huge Disconnect Between Need and Allotment

535 Carlton Avenue in
Brooklyn

Adi Talwar

535 Carlton devotes 50 percent of its apartments to upper-middle-income households, with rents set at 160 percent of Area Median Income, or up to $149,490 for a family of four.

In a city where so many struggle for shelter, applicants swamp affordable housing lotteries.

In a January press message, the developers of Pacific Park Brooklyn suggested “the demand for affordable housing in the borough is tremendous,” citing more than 84,000 applications for 181 units at 461 Dean and “roughly 95,000 applications” for 297 apartments at 535 Carlton. These are among the first four residential buildings in the 15-tower project, which will contain 2,250 below-market units among 6,430 apartments in Prospect Heights.

But such catch-all statistics—regularly used in depicting the hunt for below-market units—camouflage how low-income applicants face crushing odds compared to middle-income ones.

Exactly 92,743 households (not quite 95,000) entered the lottery for the “100 percent affordable” 535 Carlton tower, city data show. But only 2,203, according to City Limits’ analysis, were eligible for 148 middle-income apartments, such as one-bedrooms renting for $2,680 monthly and two-bedrooms at $3,223, affordable to those earning six figures. (The massive Excel spreadsheets, with names redacted, were obtained via a Freedom of Information Law request.)

Also, 4,609 entrants vied for 44 units in the building’s other middle-income “band,” which includes one-bedrooms at $2,170 and two-bedrooms at $2,611, with rents set at approximately 30 percent of household income.

For less costly apartments, the competition was fierce. For the 15 moderate-income units, including seven one-bedrooms at $1,320, some 18,680 households applied.

More starkly, nearly 67,000 households, some 72 percent of the applicant pool, aimed at the 90 low-income units, including one-bedrooms at $589 and $929, for singles earning $21,566 to $25,400 and $33,223 to $38,100, respectively.

A good number of them were ineligible because their incomes either were too low or they fell between the two low-income “bands.” Also, 15 low-income units will ultimately be distributed outside the lottery, designated for homeless households under a new city policy.

At nearby 461 Dean, which has half market-rate and half affordable units, the lottery pool was nearly as skewed, according to City Limits’ analysis, though the below-market apartments were spread more evenly among households of varied incomes.

Murphy chart/Oder analysis/HDC data

Band 1 includes 3,000 applicants whose incomes would have been too low but for housing vouchers that they brought with them.

This granular analysis challenges simplistic reports about big numbers in housing lotteries. The desperation for low rent insures that any building containing low-income units will generate a robust response, especially since the online NYC Housing Connect system—now with 1 million registered users—makes it easy to apply.

“The results fit with what low-income advocates have been saying: the real need is for the lowest-rent units,” observed housing policy analyst Tom Waters of the Community Service Society upon being told of the findings. Thus, he said, the term “affordable for whom” has growing resonance.

The New York City Housing Development Corporation, which financed the affordable units, did not see reason for concern in the lottery response, given the number of factors that can affect applications to any particular lottery.

But Ismene Speliotis, Executive Director of Mutual Housing Association of NY (MHANY) Management, which manages the affordable housing process for Pacific Park, says the pattern indicates a mismatch.

“Not to say that people in those higher bands aren’t looking for apartments,” said Speliotis, “[but] there’s a disconnect between the population’s need and the apartment distribution.”

Aiming at “affordable”

The results suggest that, aiming to hit affordable benchmarks for the controversial—and delayed—Pacific Park (formerly Atlantic Yards) plan, and to achieve the mayor’s numeric goals, public officials, the developer, and some advocates have hailed middle-income housing for which there’s relatively less need.

Atlantic Yards, announced in 2003, approved in 2006 and then revised in 2009, had long been estimated to take 10 years to build. The rental apartments were to be in towers mixing half affordable and half market-rate units, according to a 2005 agreement original developer Forest City Ratner signed with New York ACORN.

In 2010, however, New York State extended the project deadline to 2035. Given gentrification in and around Prospect Heights, some advocates argued, African-Americans would be priced out during a delayed buildout and thus lose their shot at the 50 percent community preference in housing lotteries. (A subsequent article will look at the demographics of community preference.)

Facing a threatened lawsuit on fair-housing grounds, the city and developer Greenland Forest City Partners—the successor to original developer Forest City Ratner—agreed in June 2014 to a new 2025 deadline for all below-market units and to soon start two “100 percent affordable” rental buildings: 535 Carlton and 38 Sixth.

At the time, Mayor de Blasio told the New York Times, “And what’s remarkable is that we’ve secured nearly twice as many affordable units”—compared to 461 Dean—”for our city investment.” He didn’t say that affordability would differ dramatically.

535 Carlton and 38 Sixth (which is nearing completion) have 50 percent upper-middle-income apartments, with rents set at 160 percent of Area Median Income, or AMI, for households with incomes up to 165 percent of AMI. So a four-person household seeking a two-bedroom apartment can earn $111,909 to $149,490.

By contrast, the initial Atlantic Yards plan designated just 20 percent of affordable units for the highest band, with rents set at 150 percent (and incomes up to 160 percent of AMI). The two new buildings do have more family-sized units than 461 Dean, which had been criticized for emphasizing smaller apartments.

A new middle-income program

When the deal was announced in 2014, it wasn’t clear that 535 Carlton and 38 Sixth would be associated with an emerging 100 percent affordable housing program, M2 focusing on middle-income households. As floated in de Blasio’s June 2014 plan, M2 would include 20 percent low-income units, 30 percent of units for moderate-income ones, and the rest middle-income apartments with rents set at 130 percent of AMI.

Murphy chart/Oder analysis/HDC data

Many thousands of applicants never had even a slim chance of getting an apartment.

Later, M2 was tweaked to allow units with rents above 130 percent AMI, but denying them subsidy beyond tax-exempt bonds. (Thus, de Blasio could say “nearly twice as many affordable units for our city investment.”)

“The middle-income units, which do not receive [direct] subsidy, contribute to the long-term financial viability of the development,” said Stephanie Mavronicolas, director of external affairs for HDC, “while meeting a genuine need for middle income households finding it harder to afford to stay in New York City.”

While higher rents surely help the bottom line, the lottery analysis complicates the issue of need. Notably, for 44 two-bedroom apartments renting at $3,223 a month, only 360 households initially qualified. Given that half of 535 Carlton’s units are designated for residents from nearby Community Districts, the 111 applicants with that preference seemingly had a one-in-five chance for 22 apartments.

Such middle-income households, defined by the mayor’s 2014 housing plan as at 121 percent to 165 percent of AMI, are eligible for nearly two-thirds of the units at 535 Carlton and 38 Sixth, though they represent less than 10 percent of the city’s population.

Looking at city policy, some have questioned a middle-income focus. Moses Gates, Director, Community Planning and Design for the Regional Plan Association, recently argued in Crain’s New York Business that such middle-income households “have ample options in New York’s rental market” but rather lack “a supply of homes to buy in their price range.”

In the rental market, that means they outbid lower-income households and drive up rents. “We’re talking about $2,800 to $3,200 [a month] rental apartments,” Gates added in an interview. “That’s something that a healthy market should be producing.”

In studying rent-burdened households, NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy didn’t even look at middle-income ones (though the Citizens Budget Commission did find a smaller fraction of middle-income households were rent-burdened).

Reflecting on the lottery process, Speliotis said it was “really tough” to lease middle-income units, because lottery winners—some of whom may pay below 30 percent of their income right now—have more options than their lower-income counterparts. Some are wary of disclosing their financial information or prefer apartments larger than those produced under new city design guidelines for subsidized buildings.

“It’s important you try things and say, ‘OK this isn’t working the way I hoped. Maybe we should adjust,’” Speliotis observed. “I hope that’s a conversation we can have with the city, and not just on Atlantic Yards.”

A shifting picture

Defenders of the de Blasio approach—targeting a broad range of income bands, including some that struggle less—suggest a long view. In January, when a reporter pointed out that studios at 535 Carlton would actually cost more than one market-rate unit at 461 Dean, Pacific Park’s first hybrid market/affordable building, de Blasio cited the value of rent stabilization for such affordable units, adding that the “market does not offer any such guarantee.”

When the M2 plan surfaced, Gates, then of the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development, expressed caution, saying that if it was used to replace partly-affordable buildings in gentrifying areas it could be a plus, but if it substituted for 100 percent affordable developments, then the impact would “be questionable.”

In this case, while 535 Carlton and 38 Sixth clearly offer more affordability than developments like 461 Dean that mixed market-rate with income-targeted units, the bigger picture looks different for housing that, according to the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement, was aimed “to stem the growing trend of displacement through gentrification in Brooklyn.”

The decision to build 100 percent affordable towers—thus frontloading below-market units—enables two future 100 percent market rental towers to be built in Pacific Park, instead of previously planned buildings mixing market-rate and-affordable units.

“There’s a lot more units in the lower band that need to be built,” said Speliotis, who noted that the developer is well aware of that need. “We’re very clear of the commitment and the obligation and we’re keeping track.”

Was this a model?

At the 535 Carlton groundbreaking Dec. 15, 2014, de Blasio said. “To me, this is exactly what we came here to do: 298 units, all affordable,” he declared. “This is a symbol of what we intend to do with our affordable housing plan over and over and over and over.” He deflected this reporter’s questions about why the tower would contain far more middle-income apartments than originally promised.

In the press release, officials and advocates joined in. “The local community desperately needs access to affordable housing and this is a meaningful step forward,” said Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, who helped negotiate the new timetable as part of the BrooklynSpeaks coalition.

Asked to comment on the recent lottery analysis, de la Uz said, “It was clear from the beginning to me that the depth of affordability at Atlantic Yards was insufficient to meet the needs of the lower income families.” However, she said advocates lacked the data to make affordability levels part of a potential lawsuit.

“A lot has changed since the project was first announced,” de la Uz added, “and under ideal circumstances, the project would build more deeply affordable units – i.e. under 40 percent of AMI – to better meet current housing need. Certainly, the market in the area can support deeper affordability and could do so even with a high percentage of the affordable units being permanently affordable.” (The apartments would be affordable for at least 30 to 35 years.)

“This is a testament to what’s possible, in terms of real affordability,” said Jonathan Westin, Director of NY Communities for Change, in that 2014 press release. While Westin has since criticized de Blasio for failing to produce “truly affordable housing,” he and NYCC did not respond to queries. Nor did the developer.

Looking at the numbers

All told, if the two middle-income “bands” in the 535 Carlton lottery were combined—given overlap in income ranges, some applicants were eligible for each band—fewer than 5,200 households competed for 192 of 297 apartments.

Murphy chart/Oder analysis/HDC data

The odds of winning ranged from one in 15 for Band 5 to one in 1,245 in Band 3.

The lottery doesn’t become fully random for each income band until selection is more than half complete. Overall, 5 percent of units are set aside for mobility-disabled applicants, and 2 percent for vision- or hearing-disabled applicants. The percentage of applicants within the overall pool roughly matched the unit percentage.

Meanwhile, 50 percent of the units overall must go to residents of the four nearest Community Districts, served by Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 3, 6, and 8. Those applications represented less than 14 percent of the total. (Typically, the community preference is offered only to residents of the Community District in which a building is sited, but Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park spans three such districts—and a fourth was later added.)

Another 5 percent preference goes to municipal employees, who were among more than 14,000 applications.

Those New Yorkers who are most rent-burdened, with incomes below $20,000 a year, were ineligible for such housing unless they had a voucher or other subsidy. (Some 3,000 of 16,000 applicants to 535 Carlton whose incomes were otherwise too low had a subsidy.)

All three existing Pacific Park buildings with affordable housing—461 Dean, 535 Carlton, 38 Sixth—are subject to the city’s recently announced homeless policy requirements for developments receiving 421-a benefits, essentially 5 percent of the building. Because the marketing plans for each building were already in process, the lottery advertisements did not exclude unit count for the homeless, according to HDC.

So 15 of the 90 low-income apartments at 535 Carlton were designated for homeless households who otherwise met application criteria and whose last known address was in the relevant Community Boards.

If a lottery applicant’s number is picked, she must provide documents like tax returns and other paperwork revealing income and rent, plus information, if necessary, about credit or landlord problems. A background check that reveals a criminal history can disqualify applicants, as can having assets valued over a set limit.

For those who beat the long odds, especially those in lower-income units, the reaction has been appreciation for a spanking new apartment in a doorman building near transit. But one 535 Carlton aspirant, commenting on a message board, called it “unfair” that middle-income households “have 3-4 times a greater chance of getting apartments” than moderate-income ones, based on units available. Actually, as the lottery analysis shows, the chances of winning an apartment were far higher.


With research assistance by Christian Vasquez and additional reporting by Jarrett Murphy.

MORE BULLSHIT COMING OUT OF THE ASSES OF ELECTED OFFICIALS & OTHERS ABOUT JAMAICA’S NEW DEVELOPMENT “THE CROSSING”

Yep, it was a who’s who of bullshit artists know as elected officials at the ground breaking of “The Crossing”, Jamaica’s newest and biggest development in it’s history and on a good note, the biggest African-American development investment in the USA.  And while that ceremony was going on, a few blocks north on Sutphin Blvd, the REAL Jamaica, tons of litter and garbage deposited by the same people that they want to put into The Crossing.

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica and 90 Ave

But lets move away from the rose colored glasses and sift thru the bullshit from elected officials,  like this comment from Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who I actually have some respect for and probably is the best of the bunch in this community known for rotten apples:

“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that.

I am not sure what that REWARD will be since no detail was given, but exactly HOW have you all sustained this community. Have any of you actually walked all over the entire Jamaica area and looked (like I and my trusty bike have): 1) poisonous polluting Royal Waste dumped in the downtown area obviously approved a decade ago by some of those same leaders who allowed Royal Waste to open up shop in a residential area which has polluted the ground and the air, not too mention the main reason for the tons of waste truck traffic in the area and smell; 2) illegal garbage dumping all over & tons of litter dropped by so many slob residents;  3) auto body shops take over of public sidewalks and streets especially on Merrick Blvd, which is now the new “Willets Point”; 4)  major traffic congestion from too many buses (many broken and leaky), dollar vans, dollar cars, livery cabs, green cabs and TONS OF COMMERCIAL TRUCKS (mostly waste trucks); 4) illegal truck driving on residential streets; 5) Illegal overnight commercial parking of truck and dangerously parked inside the LIRR overpass tunnels at 170 St, Merrick and 168 St; 6) tons of homeless shelters dumped into the area, hotels converted to homeless shelters and supportive housing, not too mention the drug rehab/clinics which seem to serve many of the Long Island population;  7) and so much other nonsense like poor sidewalks & streets, illegal curb cuts all over, lack of green due to illegal cementing over all greenery, local parks trashed, shady construction that never gets completed and becomes an eyesore & hazard and every other shit thing you can think of that goes on that would NEVER be tolerated in a civilized community.

Yep, you really know how to “sustain a community”. Let’s face it,  you NOT sustaining the community is why predatory developers came to Jamaica to begin with. If the community was well taken care of and did not look like a ghetto mess, there would be no need for all of this, what will end up being complete over-development and a very crowded and congested community.

Cause from over a two week water main break on Hillside Avenue that the city took their damn good old time getting to.

FUCKING GONE……………

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Downtown Jamaica, third world shithole. UNBELIEVABLE.

Hala Live Slaughterhouse (92-56 165th St) right in the middle of downtown Jamaica and yes those are apartment going up across from it.

Royal Waste comprises the entire blue rectangle. As can be seen thousands of homes and a park are at risk.

Practice games for terrorist. The 165 LIRR Tunnel in Downtown Jamaica.

Parked all last weekend from Friday thru Monday.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

And notice this fucking truck up on the sidewalk and grass.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually our country if we stay on this course.

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From The Times Ledger:

Officials gather for ground-breaking of huge Jamaica residential building

Groundbreaking celebration for The Crossing at the Jamaica Station

 

Around a hundred people came out to celebrate the ground-breaking of The Crossing, a massive 26-story residential building, at Jamaica Station Tuesday.

The two-tower development at 148-10 Archer Ave. includes 669 affordable housing units, a communal area, retail space and a 187-spot parking garage for the Downtown Jamaica area.

 This is the largest private investment in the downtown neighborhood and the construction of the 773,000 square-foot project will be completed in 2019.

Some of the people who presided over the ceremony included Greater Jamaica Development Corporation President & CEO Hope Knight, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Councilman I. Daneek Miller, and BRP Companies Co-founder Meredith Marshall.

“This started over 4 1/2 years ago, when I met Justin [Rodgers] from the Greater Jamaica Development Gala, the night of Hurricane Sandy,” Marshall said. “Two other developers that were asked to invest rejected being a part of the project. “Why not Jamaica, why not now? This area is diverse economically, ethnically, and has everything that a developer will want.”

Marshall believes that he would not have gotten the project launched on time, within the budget, without the day-to-day work being done by Knight.

“Greater Jamaica did a new market tax credit execution using every tax credit known to man,” Marshall said.“We pushed this to the limit to make this job work.”

With additional help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through the vice president of Multi-Family Homes Initiatives within the New York States Homes and Community Renewal Department, $2.5 billion was secured for a five-year comprehensive plan in the 2018 budget of the state Legislature.

“Specifically here at The Crossing each year it will be provided $5 million in local housing program funding and $750,000 in annual state loans and housing funds,” said Jason Pearson, vice president of HCR.

Fighting to keep the project affordable were Meeks and Miller.

“This is the largest African-American investment in the country ever, and it’s only the beginning,” Miller said of BRP Companies and its co-founder Marshall, whose team invested $407 million into the project.

“We’ve proved that while others fled, we’ve stayed here and sustained this community,” Miller said. “There will be a reward for that. We will make sure that the next generation will have an opportunity to grow. I’m very excited for our community to see these faces and these shovels going into the ground and seeing that it comes from within.”

Together, Meeks through the federal government and Miller by securing Title 11 Fair Housing protection were able to make sure that 224 of the units will remain affordable forever.

“All in all, this signifies a great renaissance and that great things are happening in Jamaica,” said Miller.

Also aiding in this project were Goldman Sachs representative Margaret Anadu, Steve Smith and Andy Cohen of BRP, Rev. Floyd Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), Community Board 12 Chair Adrienne Adams, and NYCHPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

SO EXPLAIN HOW THE $400 MILLION HOUSING/RETAIL PROJECT “THE CROSSING” WILL IMPROVE JAMAICA WHEN ALL THE SHIT AND CRAP IS STILL HERE

So the powers that be think this is the saving grace for Jamaica and I would like one of them to explain how. I mean take in consideration these items:

  1. The area surrounding the LIRR station, directly across from this mega development is filled with homeless people, druggies, drug dealers and other assorted crap, human and non-human.
  2. More and more homeless shelters, hotels turned homeless shelter and supportive housing are popping up all over the Jamaica area.
  3. One of the biggest polluters and worst business neighbors, Royal Waste, which is the cause of major truck issues 24/7 is housed right in the downtown area.
  4. Auto body Shops which are number two bad neighbors who have taken over public streets and sidewalks with their junked and unlicensed vehicles are EVERYWHERE in the community.
  5. Illegal garbage dumping is a MAJOR PROBLEM in the area.
  6. The streets and sidewalks suck, most are in poor conditions.
  7. Traffic congestion is a fucking mess with buses, dollar vans, dollar cabs, livery cabs, green cabs and trucks, not too mention the awful double parking on Jamaica Ave alone.
  8. Tons of litter caused by the low-class ghetto slobs of the area.
  9. Awful slaughterhouses in the downtown area.
  10. Drug places keep popping up in the community that seem to serve people from outside the area, including Long Island and those folks bring more issues to the community, hanging out, tossing litter, making noise, etc.
  11. The local parks from Rufus King Park to Major Mark Park are a refuge for homeless, drunks, druggies and both have a major litter problem.
  12. Jamaica Center Station is a cesspool and a homeless encampment, drug dealing place and other ghetto nonsense.

So explain, how The Crossing, is going to improve the community, while the above shit still exists.

Sutphin Blvd between Jamaica Ave and 90th Ave

And this shit needs to stop. 170th Street at Jamaica cannot handle trucks this size. This truck can barely make the turn as it heads to Royal Waste Dump

Royal Waste

The running of the bulls in downtown Jamaica

Hala Live Slaughterhouse (92-56 165th St) right in the middle of downtown Jamaica and yes those are apartment going up across from it.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Vacant “condo” where Con Ed has put up a sign that “electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Come visit Jamaica Ave, home of low-class ghetto & crap third world shopping.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

ILLEGAL. Blocking of sidewalks

Downtown Jamaica, UNACCEPTABLE

Yes, the new symbol of Jamaica Ghetto! This in Rufus King Park.

BUSURA!

Watch your step!

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

The state of Jamaica, Queens and eventually our country if we stay on this course.

Good old Downtown

Downtown area, next to GJDC 168th St parking lot and near across from Cookies.

Jamaica Ave, although this looks even worse when I saw it the other day.

Is this an example of being on “the right track”.

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

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From NY1:

Construction Underway on $400 Million Jamaica Housing, Retail Project

By Clodagh McGowan
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 05:44 PM CDT
 

Work is now underway on a major $400 million dollar mixed-use project in downtown Jamaica. NY1’s Clodagh McGowan has more on the largest private investment in the area in decades.

It was a groundbreaking more than 10 years in the making. Construction is now underway on the Crossing at Jamaica Station, a 773,000 square feet housing and retail project.

“It’s the largest and the most transformative project in Jamaica and it’s the linchpin for things to come in Jamaica,” said Meredith Marshall, the co-founder of BRP Companies.

The $400 million dollar project is directly across the street from the Jamaica transit terminal. It boasts two buildings, 25,000 square feet of retail space and almost 700 affordable housing units.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said the units will be affordable to families making as little as $24,000 to others making a moderate middle-class income.

“That’s important, because we need to make sure we’re addressing the affordable housing crisis in a way that there are homes available to families of different incomes,” said  Torres-Springer.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has worked towards the project for 15 years, purchasing lots with an affordable housing project in mind. The community planning organization sold the land to the real estate development company BRP in 2014. Goldman Sachs also invested $300 million dollars in The Crossing. It’s one of the largest private investments in Jamaica’s history.

“This is a great day, this is a tremendous symbol of the revitalization happening in the downtown,” said Hope Knight, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

In addition, the project is expected to create 4,000 new construction jobs.

“Beyond the great paying jobs on the construction site, we’ll have permanent jobs with the retail, the community facility and the building operations and it will send a signal to other investors and financial institutions that Jamaica is open for business,” said Marshall.

Construction is expected to be complete by 2020.​

LOW-CLASS GHETTO SLOBS MUCKING UP SUTPHIN BLVD A FEW BLOCKS UP ON THE SAME DAY AS GROUNDBREAKING “THE CROSSING”

On the same day as the usual suspects of government (local elected officials, community leaders, etc) had shovels in hand for the ground breaking ceremony of the biggest development in Jamaica’s history at Sutphin Blvd and Archer, The Crossing, the OTHER USUAL SUSPECTS (the low-class ghetto slobs) had their garbage ground breaking ceremony a few block north on Sutphin.

NY1 report has Maria, Torres-Springer of Department of Housing Preservation and Development stating in the video

“the units will be affordable to families making as little as $24,000 to others making a moderate middle-class income.”

First off a family that makes $24,000 cannot live in a low moderate city with such a income, why the hell would you be in super expensive NYC, but unless THE CROSSING gives out handbooks called, “The Deconstruction of Ghetto Slobs, How to be Civilized, Respectful & Clean Neighbors in Three Easy Steps” for the folks moving into The Crossing, expect the mess in the photos below.

Putting ghetto slobs into a nice apartment building without changing their behavior is just, well, ghetto slobs in a nice apartment building.

Maybe the crew from Queens Borough Hall and the local elected officials should have taken their shovels after the photo op a few blocks north for some much needed cleaning.

Its THE CROSSING vs GHETTO SLOBS, Round 1.

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From a Reader:

One freaking block! Look at this mess on Sutphin Blvd between The Ave and 90th ave. No pride, dignity, or self respect…Doesn’t exist in Jamaica.

 

MORE GHETTO BEHAVIOR BY HOOD RATS IN GREATER JAMAICA VIA HOLLIS

Typical ghetto nonsense:

  1. Took place in Greater Jamaica/Hollis
  2. Took place in front of a bodega
  3. 9pm on a weekday
  4. Victim is not cooperating with police

YEP, Ghetto hood rats behaving badly.

Sometimes you have to laugh at this clowns and this bullshit.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Man Stabbed Outside Hollis Bodega After Fight, Police Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | April 24, 2017 11:53am

 Police are looking for this suspect who they say stabbed another man outside a Hollis bodega on April 12.

Police are looking for this suspect who they say stabbed another man outside a Hollis bodega on April 12.

NYPD

QUEENS — A 19-year-old man was stabbed in the back during a dispute that erupted outside a Hollis bodega earlier this month, police said.

The verbal argument, which took place on Wednesday, April 12, shortly after 9 p.m. in front of a bodega at 190-34 Jamaica Ave., turned into a physical altercation during which the attacker stabbed the victim in the back with a sharp object, before fleeing on foot in unknown direction, officials said.

The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what the men argued about and whether they knew each other.

Sources said the victim is not cooperating with investigators and no arrest has been made as of Monday morning, police said.

Authorities described the suspect as being approximately 18 to 20 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and glasses.

Last September, another man was shot in the foot and back inside the same bodega.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

NYC WILL SPEND $1.8 MILLION DOLLARS ON NEW TRUCKS TO CLEAN SIDEWALKS – YOU CAN START WITH THE FILTHIEST MOST DISGUSTING SIDEWALKS ON THIRD WORLD COUNTRY HILLSIDE AVENUE IN JAMAICA

Right outside shitty Yummy at corner of Hillside Ave/168th. Typical of the Hillside Ave but perfect for the low class ghetto and low class third world folks.

“Clean sidewalks and graffiti-free business corridors and neighborhoods vastly improve quality of life in our crowded and thriving city,” de Blasio said in a statement.

REALLY, Mayor Dumbo, you just figuring that fucking out (what a dimwit).

Well, start with the most filthiest, most disgusting sidewalks in all of NYC, the low-class third world country Hillside Avenue, which anyone who lives in the area or has visited this garbage strewn stretch from Queens Blvd to 179th can attest to, especially the Bangladeshi section of 168 to 171th, the most filthiest of the filthy. With the exception of a few businesses, have you ever seen our “diverse and vibrant” business owners EVER hose down their sidewalks, let alone push a broom. Besides the disgusting gum strewn greasy sidewalks, do something about the constant illegal dumping of Bangladeshi household garbage that gets dumped inside overflowing public garbage cans or piled up next to them, which I have seen a million times and have actually seen our Bangladeshi neighbors toss their household garbage in these spots, again, especially between 165 and 174th St.

But let’s not say anything about this, because one might come off as “racists” or it interferes with the rights of some of the slob Bangladeshi folks to turn that section into their own county’s filthy environment. Sure, fuck up your country and make a mess of it and then come here and repeat. This area of Hillside has gotten worse in the past 10 years with the arrival of this population.

Fuck Fox News “fair & balanced” no spin zone. Clean up Jamaica Queens is the Fair & Balanced no fucking spin zone that gets to the crux of the issue without the bullshit niceties or lies and always has the photos or videos to prove it.

But some folks don’t like this as this asshole commenting person said on one of my posts about unlicensed vehicles parked on streets, typical ghetto comment:

Bo
Kouturedior@gmail.com
74.88.70.234
You’re extremely petty & self absorbed. Why is any of that your business? It is not “your” street smh That’s for the police to deal with. I cannot stand people like you. People like you are part of the reason why society is so messed up.

On second thought with these cleaning machines, hose down the entire Hillside area with these machines, not just the sidewalks and do it every other day. Oh, hell do the entire Jamaica and SE Queens area.

Hillside Avenue as it looks today

Beautiful Hillside Ave. The REAL Jamaica.

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From The Daily News:

EXCLUSIVE: New York City spending $1.8M on new trucks to clean sidewalks

 

Mayor de Blasio has added $1.8 million to his executive budget to purchase 14 sidewalk-cleaning trucks, which the city will begin using in the fall.

(Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

Mayor de Blasio is ready for some spring cleaning.The mayor will announce plans to spend $1.8 million on 14 new sidewalk-cleaning trucks as part of his executive budget, set to be rolled out on Wednesday.

The trucks help the city’s Economic Development Corporation spray down dirty walkways along major commercial corridors — and each one in the city will get a deep clean once a year, the mayor’s office said. The trucks can each clean up to 10,000 square feet of sidewalks a day, and are part of the mayor’s CleaNYC program. It’s part of the EDC’s Quality of Life Program, which also runs anti-graffiti efforts.

“Clean sidewalks and graffiti-free business corridors and neighborhoods vastly improve quality of life in our crowded and thriving city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “As we build a New York that is more accessible and affordable, CleaNYC is creating jobs and bringing high-efficiency, street-cleaning tools to our city streets.”

New York City will be debuting sidwalk cleaning trucks.

(Handout)

The trucks cost $125,000 to $130,000 each, have already been ordered and are expected to hit sidewalks this fall. They’re custom-built and will be mounted to a fleet of Ford F-450 trucks that will bring them from neighborhood to neighborhood, where they’ll roll off and get to work — resembling a zamboni going over an ice rink, City Hall says.

CleaNYC will hire 32 people to run the trucks with the help of the Doe Fund, which helps employ formerly homeless people.